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Paradigm Shift of Academic Activities
toward Social Needs Based Service Solution
I was assigned to be the President of IEICE Communications Society through the election process by 13,000 members of the Society and have been serving IEICE to lead the Society since May this year. As you know, IEICE has four Societies and one Group for the academic activities covering quite many special fields related to electronics, information and communications. The Society has the biggest number of members in IEICE so that it is important for the evolution of IEICE to make the Society active and attractive not only to the members but also to younger researchers or engineers who will be interested in academic activities of the Society.
The IEICE Communications Society has been initiated and promoted for the succession of research activities related to the communications infrastructure as the key theme in the history of IEICE over the past 90 years or so. It also has achieved the prompt shift toward an independent profit system in each community of Societies or Group. It still remains the maximum Society in the four Societies as well as in the beginning of the Society system, through mutual positive effort and encouragement of the members. Considering the heavy responsibility as the President, I would like to declare to achieve and complete it according to the declaration of my belief in the election.
Recent net service (not "Communication service" in the narrow sense) has tremendously spread over the world and no one conceals surprising at the enlarging prosperity. The field where any net service surpassed the real business services comes to stand out, and the amount of Commercial Message (CM) on the medium wave radio broadcasting has already surrendered the top position to Internet CM in the field of broadcasting in a wider sense. Furthermore, the simultaneous delivery service of the medium wave radio broadcasting contents via Internet (radiko.jp) has started in the urban areas of Tokyo and Osaka. It is free of charge and gives higher performance services on the Web where Google and the other media have drawn out and achieved splendid advances one after another. In contrast to the brisk net business, it might be our actual situation that we have turned our eyes away from the decline of Japanese IT companies. This situation brought a misfortune on the "communication" that had been considered to much contribute to the net service and it went off from an attractive subject for the younger generation.
Now, most of universities in Japan face the decreasing capacity fulfillment rate of departments which especially name "Communication" or "Information". These departments tend to be tearfully driven into the capacity crack for fear of the deterioration of "T-score" (Standard Score) which shows the college administration to be low . If the decline of IEICE Society membership doesn't stop against the successive decrement, sooner or later, we will meet a situation in due course where the status of the biggest Society in IEICE would slip away.
Remind the contradiction between the net service in a good condition and the current IT industry in a state of decline. What does it mean?
Though the telecommunications providers in the world have taken a long time for the development of "TV telephone", in fact, it has never been familiar to general telecommunications customers so far. One of venture companies, "Skype" enhanced the concept of the service and deployed it all over the world, easily by using the overlay system. We are able to see the appearance of grandchildren or a lover over a long distance, and enjoy the service in a free manner, in addition regenerate missed TV programs through free YouTube at any time.
What is the root of the recent convenience that the Web and P2P services have brought out? The answer would be clear. General people evaluate the services and find business opportunities based on the convenience that the interaction between them may lead, whereas the individual fundamental technologies like the technologies of transmission, signal processing, semiconductor, artificial intelligence, control, software, and etc. have been remarkably developed so far.
A lot of admirable our society leaders have been working out the member value improvement plan one after another in the past few years. The typical measures are the efforts to issue Global News Letter, Society Magazine, public paper online, and the overseas member acquisition. However, it is still necessary for us to put it forward to develop the technology for the "integration and servicing of elemental technologies", seriously considering the background of their steady, important aspects, toward the prosperous new net service in the future. Though these themes have been studied by the other academic institutions as well, I think, our Society has treated them secondarily and temporarily. Now, how about providing members and general people who have never shown their interest on our academic activities at all, with an open preferential space for the service solution? For the opinion that financial matters in implementation of the space might be fetters to the Society, a new Sub-Society will make the idea possible. Fortunately the sufficient fund is on hand in our Society now, in addition, the annual large sum of surplus in our Society is just saved as IEICE's special fund every year. There is nothing related to any inert austerity on the way. We have to do it now without missing the chance of the important paradigm shift.
Thus, the Society will carry out the society restructuring with the new sense of values. Here, I will promise all of the Society members, general people who are interested in the Society activities, covering foreign students or researchers who are studying in Japan, to carry out the reformation resolutely with my best as the President. Your participation in our open-minded Society activities toward the bright future is most welcome. Please see and contact us at http://www.ieice.org/cs/jpn/.
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